By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Mola Njoh Litumbe, a non-violent Cameroonian activist and Pro-Independence enthusiast has died, Dabney Yerima, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, an outlawed state in Cameroon’s North West and South West regions said in a statement.
Litumbe died on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Muna’s Clinic, a privately-owned infirmary in Douala, the capital city of Cameroon’s Littoral Region, adds the statement.
The crusader died at 93 and is survived by four children, his daughter Enany Litumbe told National Telegraph from her base in the United States. “My father was born on February 4, 1927, and leaves behind four children,” Enany grieved.
Yerima also confirmed, Litumbe the anti-aggro liberation fighter “departed peacefully”. “As a nation, our thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family at this hour of tribulation.”, Yerima said, referring to the outlawed nation of Ambazonia.
“Our nation is in mourning. Mola Njoh Litumbe, a great Ambazonian to whom we all are indebted has sadly left us this afternoon Tuesday 26th of May 2020. He passed on to glory at Muna’s clinic in Douala, French Cameroun”, Yerima said.
The renowned Chartered Accountant has been sick and with his age, it was just normal he died peacefully, another family source said.
His son, Mafany Litumbe also told National Telegraph from Buea, capital of Cameroon’s South West Region that his father’s corpse arrived Buea, his hometown at about 8 PM GMT+1, May 26, and will be preserved at the city’s main morgue, but didn’t give any further details about funeral arrangements.
Mola Njoh Litumbe is among those who have consistently challenged the Cameroon government on the divisibility of Cameroon.
Litumbe argued that the country’s North West and South West deserve to be a completely independent country from Cameroon’s other eight regions.
Litumbe witnessed Cameroon’s political evolution and advocated that Southern Cameroons, once a British territory, has never been a part of Cameroon.
He said in many outings that Cameroon cannot prove that Southern Cameroons was ever a part of it at independence.
Rev. Dr. Gabriel M. Abanda Sr., another pro-independence crusader, described Litumbe as a legendary fighter.
“The legendary fighter has departed while the battle for freedom rages on. May his soul rest in perfect peace. The baton has been passed on to the younger generation to ensure the success of this God-ordained revolution,” Dr. Abanda said in a tribute.
Dr. Abanda furthered that they would settle for “Nothing short of complete and total unconditional independence.” Too much bloodshed to settle otherwise,” he said.
The Central African country of Cameroon has been battling to contain an armed conflict in its North West and South West now in its third year where rebels are battling to establish the new state of Ambazonia.
At least, 14000 people have so far been killed in battles and military raids with over 400 villages burnt down. Thousands are held across various detention facilities. Over two million remain displaced as refugees and IDPs since the beginning of the crisis in 2016.